Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
Business leaders in the city have said they are confident of significant spin-off investment – with the potential for hundreds of new jobs – when up to 6,000 corporate VIPs visit Galway for the ‘grand finale’ of the Volvo Ocean Race next year.
And there have been forecasts that Galway will be the first city in Ireland to recover from the recession, thanks to the potential investment, as well as the predicted €80 million direct boost to the local economy from the race.
Michael Coyle, CEO of Galway Chamber of Commerce said: “If anything, our expectations are even bigger and better than 2009. It is now a proven product and event.
“It will give a presence to the corporate world here. There is talk of around 6,000 corporate guests, who are major players worldwide, and there will be a specific emphasis of a business-to-business dimension. It will be an opportunity to showcase Galway to that community and for the business community in Galway to participate.
“This absolutely has the potential – against the backdrop of how the world economy is going at the time – to kickstart Galway’s economy. Not just through the €80m immediate financial impact of holding the 8 to 10 day event, but it has the potential to be a very significant event in terms of direct revenues and long-term corporate involvement.
“Corporate decision-makers will come to Galway next year and see the talent pool, the graduate pool, the medical devices cluster, the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) cluster, marine development and green technology.
“2009 was a stopover, so not all of the teams and sponsors were here. Despite the fantastic results, there was probably only 60%-70% in terms of corporate sponsors.
“With an immediate impact of €80m, the long-term benefits are there to be won as well. The Ocean Race can only be hugely positive for Galway,” said Mr Coyle.
The 10-day ‘grand finale’ will run from June 28 to July 7, and will see a ‘Global Village’ – twice the size of 2009’s Race Village – constructed at the Docks, with a further structure at South Park and events in Salthill also.
The event is expected to attract around one million ‘visits’ to the Global Village, which equates to around 600,000 visitors to the city.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.